This fanciful lawn space creates a respite in the middle of the big city.

Though the rich selection of parks and other outdoor public spaces in many cities cannot be denied, sometimes you just want somewhere to bask in the sun alone. Architectural designer Aaron Berman, a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, has proposed something new: instead of frying up on a roof, why not make a green space right outside your window? Mobile Suburbia would use a truck to attach hanging balconies – with lawns, storage, and room for barbecues, hot tubs and croquet games – to the facade of your building, creating a new way of socializing the outdoors. The temporariness of the balconies reflects the fact that most actual suburban homeowners only use their yard space for a few hours each week. Why pay for space that you barely use?

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